Nichola McAuley who runs Netherfield Café, Shop and Post Office is putting on an evening of dinner and entertainment to help raise funds to save our Pyramid.
The event is on 22nd February, 19.30 – 23.00 and is priced at £10 to include a sit-down dinner and Geoff doing what he does best – Jack Fuller. If you want to join in on what sounds a fun event please ring 01424 838589 and book your table.
Dallington Forest – A Personal History
Nestling like a jewel between the parishes of Brightling, Burwash and Dallington lies Dallington Forest, much of it ancient and all of it special.
Doug Edworthy, Tree Champion (Warden) for the parishes of Brightling and Dallington, takes you on a tour of history that stretches from the formation of the High Weald through to the present day and beyond.
On the way, we’ll see how the landscape of the High Weald came about; how the first people to colonise the area began to shape the forest; how prehistoric big beasts created species-rich woodland pasture; how the Neolithic farmers gave us many of the area’s place names and today’s road and routes; how under Saxon and Norman ownership it became a royal hunting forest; how in Roman and Tudor/early Stuart times it was a major ironworking area; and how land use has changed over time but the ancient woodland studded with ancient and veteran trees still exists.
Doug will finish by looking at the challenges our forest is facing today and what its future might be.”
Shake off the winter lethargywith a fun Spring Forward quiz evening in the Village Hall, organised by theBrightling Village Trust. This year,Tim Ball will be setting the questions and picking your brains.
Get together a team of 8 to takemake up a whole table, or come and we will group you into teams. The more the merrier.
Brightling Village Trust willhave its Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 1 April in the VillageHall. The Trust exists to supportcharitable purposes in Brightling and can also make grants to help individualsand relieve hardship. This gives the Trustees discretion to support a widerange of activities which will benefit people in Brightling and which aren’totherwise supported.
This meeting is your opportunityto make suggestions for grants that the Trust should consider making, andindeed suggestions for potential donations or proposals for raising funds.
This year, we want also to talkabout four other small Brightling charities, the Mary Herbert Educational Foundation(set up in 1728 to support girls’ education), the Catherine Stone Bequest (tosupport the welfare of Sunday School children), the Jesse Gregson Charity (toprovide bread to needy Brightling parishioners) and the FH Scott Charity (tosupport the poor of the parish including through the provision of coal). Meeting the Charity Commission requirementsfor these very small trusts has proved hugely burdensome – and their preciseobjectives are now out of date. It hasbeen suggested that the Village Trust might take them over and use what fundsthere are to benefit modern Brightling.
If you have views on this,please come along to the meeting. Atthe moment, we don’t know how to do it or even if it will be possible. But first of all, we want to check out whetheryou think this is a good idea. And,assuming we go ahead, how can we best preserve the history and broad intentionof the original bequests?
So, please come along to theVillage Hall at 7.30 pm on 1 April – see you there.
Chair, Village Trust